Parkview celebrates 25th anniversary of Samaritan service

Groups stood by and watched as Parkview's two Samaritans landed and kicked of the 25th anniversary of the helicopters on October 26, 2014.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) For 25 years, Parkview’s Samaritan helicopters have been transporting people to get the care they need. On Sunday, in honor of the 25th anniversary, Parkview Hospital hosted a celebration surrounding the helicopters that have helped hundreds of people over the years.

Both Samaritans landed at the same time at the Allen County Fair Grounds to start the event. Samaritans provide care to the most critical patients and work within a window of 60 minutes from the pick-up to the hospital in order to have the greatest chance of saving lives.

Parkview personally invited those who have used the Samaritan services. However, it was also open for the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re always going to have trauma,” Dan Garman, the senior vice president of Parkview Emergency Services. “People are going to have heart attacks, that’s just life, and to know that this program, it has been here for 25 years and will be here for the next 25 years to intervene and provide that level of care.”

Garman said in the 25 years, Samaritan has transferred nearly 50,000 patients between the helicopters and ambulances.

The celebration featured an up-close and personal experience with Parkview’s Samaritan and ground ambulances.

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